Oh Great, Here Comes the Neolithic Diet

Neolithic Diet, Paleo Diet
So apparently we should all be following the Neolithic Diet.

Last night, while trying to fall asleep, I saw a post on the Food, Inc. Facbook page that said: “Paleo dieters, brace yourselves…”  Without hesitation, I clicked the link, and was taken to an interesting article, written by Willy Blackmore, on why Paleo has it all wrong through, among other things, the over-emphasis of eating meat (more on that in a minute), and why we should all be following the Neolithic diet.

Before I get too far into this, I would like to be clear that my diet has somewhat evolved (no pun intended) from being strict Paleo to more of a “just eat real food” based diet.  For example, I’ll occasionally have black beans, which I’ve soaked and prepared myself.  Anyway, the point is that, through the lens of a not so strict Paleo’er (is that a real word?), sight unseen, I thought I might find myself agreeing with this article.

For the most part, I didn’t.

While I think the article makes an interesting point, getting all sciency about the study of certain isotopes and how it relates to whether or not our ancestors ate meat or used manure to fertilize their crops, I think it misses the boat on a few key issues related to the Paleo diet.

Here are my issues with this article: 

  1. Call me crazy, but in the grand scheme of human evolution and development, 5900 to 2400 BC is hardly ancient.  That’s really just a few thousand years ago, which is just slightly more than the blink of an eye.
  2. People who write/speak against the Paleo diet – and there are many – need to stop assuming that those of us who follow the diet are carnivores.  We lots, and lots of non-meat foods.  In fact, in terms of volume, I would venture to guess that most of us eat far more vegetables and fruits than we do meats.  Just sayin’.
  3. The grains of our ancestors are not the grains of today, which have been both “naturally” (i.e. cultivation) and unnaturally (i.e. in a laboratory) genetically modified.

I certainly think the article is worth the time to read since it does make you think, I also think you need to take its points with a grain of, well, grains.

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you eat more Neolithic than Paleolithic?  Are you a “just eat real foods” sort of guy or gal?  Does this back and forth stuff make you want to throw your hands up in the air and quit?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!